Anna Delvey made headlines in 2018 after she was arrested for posing as a German heiress and swindling banks, hotels and many individuals out of $200,000+. And in the Shonda Rhimes-produced series "Inventing Anna," which premiered on Netflix Feb. 11, viewers get the opportunity to watch the con artist's story.
As we watched the series, we couldn't help but wonder: Where is Anna Delvey, who turned 31 in January, now? So we did some digging to catch you up on her complex story.
Anna Sorokin was sentenced to four to 12 years in prison
The con artist, whose real name is Anna Sorokin, was arrested in 2018 and found guilty in May 2019. A Manhattan jury convicted her on one count of attempted grand larceny, three counts of grand larceny and four counts of theft services.
The Russian-born Sorokin was sentenced to four to 12 years in prison and was later released on parole in February 2021.
Anna Sorokin spent time in an ICE detention center in upstate New York
Six weeks after Sorokin was released from the Albion Correctional Facility on parole in February 2021, she found herself in the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for overstaying her visa, according to The Cut.
In an Insider essay published in early February, Sorokin told her own story.
"My visa overstay was unintentional and largely out of my control," she wrote, adding that she is "appealing her criminal conviction to clear (her) name." She continued, "I did not break a single one of New York state’s or ICE’s parole rules. Despite all that, I’ve yet to be given a clear and fair path to compliance."
On Jan. 19, Sorokin tested positive for COVID-19 and was placed in quarantine isolation in the Orange Country Correctional Facility. “I’m sure I’ll live, but I haven’t been this sick in years,” she wrote in the essay.
At first, she said she wouldn't watching the Netflix show about her story
In her "Insider" essay, Delvey wrote that she wouldn't be watching "Inventing Anna."
"Even if I were to pull some strings and make it happen, nothing about seeing a fictionalized version of myself in this criminal-insane-asylum setting sounds appealing to me," she wrote.
In her essay, Sorokin revealed that she had multiple phone conversations and visits with the show's staff while they were developing the series, which is told "from a journalist's perspective."
Even though she was consulted for the project and was reportedly paid $320,000 by Netflix for her life rights to the series, per Insider, Sorokin doesn't exactly seem to be psyched about the series premiere.
"And while I’m curious to see how they interpreted all the research and materials provided, I can’t help but feel like an afterthought, the somber irony of being confined to a cell at yet another horrid correctional facility lost between the lines, the history repeating itself," she wrote.
Eventually, she saw the show — and had thoughts
During an interview with "Cosmopolitan," Sorokin was able to see "Inventing Anna" over video chat. Reporter Emily Palmer captured Sorokin's live reactions. “I think I’m more self-aware of the way I come across, not all of the time, but I just don’t think that I’m so brazen and shameless,” Sorokin told Palmer.
Anna Sorokin is in custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
On Feb. 17, the Justice Department issued a deportation order for Sorokin. Her lawyer, after saying they believed she had been deported to Germany on March 14 — where her family has lived since Sorokin was 15 — said on March 15 that she is still in the U.S. and in ICE custody in Southern California.
Speaking to the New York Times, Sorokin said that her time in prison has changed her. "Having been to prison and having been through the criminal justice system, it just exposed me to a whole different kind of a person, and my problems before just seem ridiculous," Sorokin said.
Find updates about her life on Instagram
"Inventing Anna" follows Sorokin's life in her mid-20s. To know what life now is like, follow Sorokin on Instagram, where she weighs in on the Netflix show and shares updates.